So, mental aspect of training has
become been a big thing for me. Looking at a schedule and knowing that I have to run a certain amount of miles a week and do certain workouts on certain days is often great for the first few weeks, but after that I start to burn out. Not to every say that structured training plans don’t work or shouldn’t be followed because I have and will certainly follow one again. But, for these next two half marathons, I have decided not to do that route. I joined a running club in Charlotte and have made several friends who run. Most of these women keep their body in half marathon shape year round. Ultimately, this is my goal as well. So running with them only makes sense. So, I have started running when I feel like it. Going in with no expectations for pace/miles/time goals. I can feel the difference in not only my attitude towards running, but my overall performance.
Mental aspects of training are often draining and I have found that running with someone or a group of people can take your mind away from the negative place it tends to go in times of self doubt. I have always been a solo runner, and sometimes that it still nice. But now I notice myself gravitating more towards running with friends. It pushes me into running faster and farther than I might have gone alone. It pushes me not to stop when I get a little tired, or turn around if the run isn’t going exactly how I planned.
So, yesterday I went out for a long-ish run with a friend. I was just really running for the sake of being outdoors and told her to take the lead and set our pace. When I moved to Charlotte, I knew the hills would be bad, but holy hills. The neighborhood we went through was hillyyy! They felt like they kept coming and kept coming. But, I knew they were making me stronger. For Divas it is all on flat ground, so this is very helpful. It was also helpful for learning to keep proper form even when my body is screaming it’s tired. This “training” cycle might not bring out a personal best for me or even get me close to great time, but I think it will bring me peace with running and fun. Which is really what were all searching for anyways.